ViewChangefilmcontest.org is launching an online competition to find powerful new stories about the progress being made in achieving the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). These short videos will be used to raise awareness, inspire action, and accelerate the worldwide movement to reduce extreme poverty by 2015. We want professional filmmakers, amateurs, and experts in the field to show us the personal stories behind these global targets. Whether your film is a documentary, short drama, music video, or animation, we're looking for stories that show how development efforts are helping the world's poorest people to improve their lives.
There are six categories (listed below). To encourage a variety of submissions, we're offering a $20,000 Grand Prize for the overall winner, plus $5,000 to the winner of each category. Online voters will help determine the finalists in each category. Prizes will be awarded by a distinguished panel of judges from many fields, including actor and UN Ambassador Danny Glover, actor and director Gael Garcia Bernal, director Wim Wenders, writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, and US Senator Daniel K. Inouye. Best of all, winners and finalists' videos will be broadcast on Link TV and other television channels worldwide, and be available for high-quality streaming at ViewChange.org.
Stories have the power to change the world: so tell a friend, grab a camera, and send us your stories of progress in achieving some of the world's most important — and ambitious — goals. Sign up here for updates on the ViewChange Online Film Contest.
April 30: Contest opens and online voting begins
August 31: Deadline for submissions
September 7: Online voting closes
September 20: Finalists announced
Mid-October: Judges select prize winners
Entrants to the contest can submit films in one of these six categories, and should focus on at least one UN Millennium Development Goal within these themes:
1. Sustainability: Solutions that last. Growth and development with a plan. Programs that will continue when the foreign aid ends.
2. Innovation: New solutions to old problems. Creative ideas for otherwise stagnant or persistent issues. Emerging technologies in health, agriculture, education, and environmental protection.
3. Overcoming Conflict: Stories of success in the face of conflict—anything from cultural barriers to war or oppression. Grassroots efforts to overcome overwhelming obstacles.
4. Empowerment: Stories of initiative, of people improving their own lives and the lives of those like them. Transcending the barriers of gender.
5. Leadership & Governance: Steps forward in accountability, freedom, or citizen engagement in government. Advances in civil/human rights; progress toward reforming broken systems.
6. Local/Global Partnerships: Teamwork between on-the-ground efforts and governments, NGOs, social entrepreneurs, and private initiatives.
In September 2000, world leaders came together at UN Headquarters in New York to adopt the United Nations Millennium Declaration, committing their nations to a new global partnership to reduce extreme poverty by the deadline of 2015. These time-bound targets have become known as the Millennium Development Goals:
• Eradicate extreme hunger and poverty
• Achieve universal primary education
• Promote gender equality and empower women
• Reduce child mortality
• Improve maternal health
• Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria, and other diseases
• Ensure environmental sustainability
• Build a global partnership for development
With only five years left, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has declared 2010 to be "the year of development," a time to accelerate the process in achieving these targets.
Using the power of storytelling, the ViewChange Online Film Contest seeks to build awareness and inspire progress in achieving the MDGs.